Common name: English ivy, Ivy
Native to: Most of Europe and Western Asia
Hedera helix is an evergreen climbing plant, growing to 20–30 m (66–98 ft) high where suitable surfaces (trees, cliffs, walls) are available, and also growing as groundcover where no vertical surfaces occur. It climbs by means of aerial rootlets with matted pads which cling strongly to the substrate.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to dense shade
Flowers: No flowers of significance
Foliage: Evergreen, alternate, shiny, green, variegated and yellow
Growth habit: Climbing or ground cover where there are no vertical surfaces
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 30 metres
Spread: Rampant in the right conditions
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched
Uses: Covering unsightly walls, as a living fence or to climb up trees or as ground cover to cover large areas. Also great fillers in hanging baskets or over terraced walls.